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Old 08-11-2006, 07:34 PM   #46
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Adding some stuff....

Started installing some essentials...

Front axle sliders




Rear




Footpeg



Not sure I'lll leave these on for general street use: need to see what the vibration is like, as you have to remove the thick rubber insert. So, I just installed one for comparison purposes and will decide tomorrow. However, a quick lookover seems to indicate that I might be able to cut off the outer third of the rubber insert and be able to use both.


Handguards




While I was installing these, the UPS guy came; bearing a box from Munns- some bling




Came at a good time because I wasn't going to add my last hard part just yet; so I could do some of these today.

What to do with an empty frame hole?




Why, make it orange of course



Helps with lateral air movement as well- gets a few more mph up top


Black brake reservoir covers are so last year




RAM mount- camera platform on so I can photo the lawbreakers I hang with and rat them out if I get stopped




There's more to go, but I need to wait a couple of days to finish the install.
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:25 AM   #47
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:51 AM   #48
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Old 08-13-2006, 09:44 PM   #49
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Is that tankbag easy to remove from the bike? I don't want to leave the bag on the bike when I get to the office, but I also don't want to monkey around with zippers and straps for 5 minutes.
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:35 PM   #50
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Looks good Walter ! Damn, I just ordered a 165 MJ and the axle sliders from Munn last night, I missed the lid for the MC and the cover for the frame .

For the plate I just drilled new holes and mounted it directly to the fender, no extra hardware. I'd like to loose that parachute all togther but it would be a project with the integrated seat lock...

I tried a rfs sm front fender I had lying around, it needs some plastic "machining" but will fit w/o much effort.

As far as the cansiter goes, mine is still intact for but will be removed after the first service. For now I unplugged the tank vent from the canister line and ran a short length of clear line behind the headlamp. Since I have done this I have had zero problems with hot starts or after sitting in the sun with a full tank. The drain line from the mikuni valve under the airbox has also been dry.

The last few rides home have been in the upper 50's and the bike feels lean in the midrange. Anyone else notice this ? I plan on removing the airbox acess covers, raising the needles one clip position and trying a 160 in the front and 165 in the rear, along with a tweak to the fuel screws.

Regardless, what a great bike ! It really feels as flickable as my now gone 625SXC was in SM trim, but with smooth predictable power. If I ever get my new digi cam I'll post some pics...The agfa ephoto dinosaur finally went toes up
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Old 08-14-2006, 06:01 AM   #51
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Is that tankbag easy to remove from the bike? I don't want to leave the bag on the bike when I get to the office, but I also don't want to monkey around with zippers and straps for 5 minutes.

The case itself unzips from the base (whch is what's strapped to the bike) in a couple of seconds.
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:42 AM   #52
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I've been considering a SM for some time, but have been concerned about wind protection, however saw one on hols in France that appeared to have a screen. Anybody know if this is a one off or a readily available part?
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:45 AM   #53
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I've been considering a SM for some time, but have been concerned about wind protection, however saw one on hols in France that appeared to have a screen. Anybody know if this is a one off or a readily available part?
I don't know about the availability of a screen, but, I ran a BMW F650GS Dakar for 4 years, and the tiny wind deflector above the headlamp on the 950sm (the black bit in wpb's photo above) is FAR more effective up to 90 mph than the Dakar screen. The buffeting from the Dakar's screen and mirrors used to make my neck muscles creak something awful after an a hour or so.... NOT been a problem on the 950SM. My experience only... Your mileage may vary... Don't run with scissors.... etc etc

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Old 08-14-2006, 11:34 AM   #54
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I too have found that the wind isn't that much of a problem up to 90 or even a little more. I'm coming off a CBR 600 and that's my reference point. I certainly wouldn't let the availability of windscreen stop me from buying one.

Jolly705 has a thread in the Orange Crush section with a home fab screen. Worth checking out.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158825
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:25 PM   #55
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Talking Oh, and another bling

Gotta protect them covers...








And while this picture is up- I'm very surprised (but pleased) to report that after a couple of +150 mile rides I've detected no difference in foot vibration between this foot peg and the other one, which still has the full rubber installed.

Ditto removing the handlebar end weights in order to install the handguards.

Gas mileage (if that's important) is running about 33 mpg under mixed conditions.
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:31 PM   #56
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Dang! You've just about exhausted the catalog of parts. About the only thing I don't see on there IS an exhaust...looks great!
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:52 PM   #57
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I know it doesn't look like it, but the SM actually provides better wind protection than you'd expect. No, not like a windshield, but it does blunt the worst of the blast up to about mid-torso. If you have the KTM/Touratech tank bag, its up to about the sternum level. Above that its just a clean quiet wind blast. The bike has a slight forward lean, so overall its good up to about 80-90mph before you have to start really leaning into it.

For cruising at 60mph, its really not a problem for an hour or so at a time.

... or maybe I'm too distracted by what a complete hoot this thing is to ride.
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:08 PM   #58
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Can we get a shot of the full bike?

And what's the little wire dangling by the rear brake lever?
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:41 PM   #59
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Dang! You've just about exhausted the catalog of parts. About the only thing I don't see on there IS an exhaust...looks great!


Akrapovics, and of course, these...

MMmmmmmm, carbon fiber.


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Old 08-14-2006, 07:44 PM   #60
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Picked up the bike today from the 600 mile service. 3 valves needed shimming. Cost was $273, plus $19 for the shims, $39 for oil, and $17.4 ( ) for the filter. ~$350 total, which makes sense given that it's a bit less labor intensive than the A.
...I guess it's not a Rotax engine.
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